In addition to the permanent exhibits at the Old Depot Museum, the Franklin County Historical Society develops three special temporary exhibits each year. These exhibits focus on particular themes, moments in history, people, and events.
Our current temporary exhibit is “Iron, Steel, and Stone: The Life of a Depot,” which commemorates the our 130-year-old Santa Fe Depot and explores how the depot that almost wasn’t built became an important community hub.
Here’s a sampling of our past exhibits. As you can see, our stories are as varied as the people and events of Franklin County!
- Americans By Choice
- Around the Block: Traditional Patterns in the Quilts of Vera Anderson
- Critter Companions
- Crossings: Getting Over, Around, and Through Water in Franklin County
- Early Franklin County Photographers
- From Ottawa to “Over There”: Franklin County Goes to War
- Historically Significant: How History Shapes Us, Our Communities, and Our Future
- Home Front in the Heartland, Revisited
- Kansas Comforts: Keeping Warm in the Winter
- Meals by Fred Harvey
- Meet Me At the Fair
- Secret Societies: The Search for Security, Knowledge & Fellowship in Early Ottawa & Franklin County
- Small-Town Ball: Playing America’s Game in Ottawa and Franklin County
- Smithsonian’s “Key Ingredients–Americans by Food”
- Workin’ On the Railroads